Saturday, October 8, 2011

FEMA Releases the National Disaster Framework

An interesting development from FEMA that will take some detailed reading before comment:

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released this week the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) (PDF, 10.5 Mb). This document outlines how community recovery is supported and organized on a national level. It builds on scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities, while linking local, state, tribal, and federal governments, the private sector, and voluntary faith-based and community organizations that perform vital tasks in recovery.   

Similar to the National Response Framework (PDF, 1.1 Mb), the NDRF identifies recovery support functions that have a designated federal coordinating agency to provide leadership, coordination, and oversight for state, tribal, and local communities in their recovery. The Emergency Management and Response—Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) noted that FEMA considers the NDRF as guidance for developing measures of successful recovery based on the state and community’s recovery objectives, effective decision making and coordination, and also the integration of community recovery planning processes.

The NDRF is consistent with the vision set forth in the Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), National Preparedness, which directs FEMA to work with interagency partners to publish a recovery framework. “The National Disaster Recovery Framework is a first step toward the PDD-8 objective to achieve a shared understanding and a common, integrated perspective across all mission areas—Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery—in order to achieve unity of effort and make the most effective use of the Nation’s limited resources.”  

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